Posted by: everynation | January 20, 2011


By Brett Fuller

When accused of a crime, formal charges must be directed at the accused in order to receive a conviction.

If such charges are not brought to bear then no conviction can be attained.

If no conviction can be achieved then, though the accused may have committed the crime, has eluded judgment.

Paul understood this when he said in Rom 8:31-34, “If God is for us, who can be against us? … Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns?”

There is no question that we all have sinned (Rom 6:23). In fact, if our crimes against the kingdom of God were to be listed, there would not be enough trees to produce enough paper upon which to write them.

Evidence notwithstanding, if one were to bring a spiritual charge against us, to whom should it be presented? God is the only righteous Judge and He has already forgiven and justified us. So, as Paul says, “Who is he that condemns?”

Understanding your acquittal should help you rejoice right and rejoice well…

Brett Fuller is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia. Brett is the voice behind Word for Today and blogs regularly on


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